The Eastern Cape is a destination of many facets, ideal for families, couples, groups of friends and lone explorers alike. Like any other tourist hub, there are ways to get the most out of Port Elizabeth (the Friendly City), and we want to share these tips with you so that Nelson Mandela Bay is showcased at its best.
South Africa is described as a world in one country – a microcosm of the world. And whilst we do not pretend to offer cultural attractions on a par with Angkor Watt or the Musée du Louvre, we like to think we compare more than favourably.
We pit ourselves against some of the world’s major attractions and see how we measure up … Continued
South Africa has numerous popular beaches. From the West Coast just south of Namibia all the way around to Kosi Bay just south of Mozambique, there are more beaches than one can count. But there are few that remain untamed, out of the ordinary and barely frequented (unless you are prepared to consistently head to the Wild Coast for your swim).
Here is a list of the beaches in South Africa you might not know about. They’re not your highly popular swimming and surfing beaches (although a couple have blue flag status), but each has a uniqueness and beauty that make them well worth seeking out … Continued
Still Bay is a beautiful place to visit with so much to see and plenty to do , but there are two fishy attractions in Stilbaai which are a must see. The beach is lovely, peaceful and relaxing and there are awesome hiking trails.
Right alongside the beach you will find the Stilbaai Fish Traps which were made by the Khoisan a good 3000 years ago to catch fish for food. These rock pool traps have been maintained over the years and is now a popular place to bring the kids for an afternoon of fun and fishing, all you need to do is bring your fishing nets along with you and catch what you can. Continued
Cape Town is a wonderful city. I love living in it, people love visiting it, and it’s set to see more than its usual share of visitors in 2014 because of Design Capital 2014.
Here is a list of insider tips for travelling Cape Town, to beat the queues, spend less, and make your trip here more memorable … Continued
Cape Canopy Tour is coming soon in April 2014 and brings you the ultimate guided adventure tour. If you are keen for a new experience, the chance to learn and see more in nature and want some excitement, then this is the tour for you. Explore the Hottentots Nature Reserve from new heights and explore this world heritage site in all its glory.
Anybody can take part; it doesn’t matter whether you are 5 or 75 …
Our hotspots in South Africa include bustling tourist attractions and low-key places that might not normally make their way onto a list, but should. All of them are inspiring and beautiful … Continued
I’m prepared to bet the average person knows our national flag, our national flower (king protea), and probably our national bird (blue crane). But when it comes to national symbols like the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli or even our national fish (the galjoen) some of us need a little help … Continued
No time to find accommodation? Our guide to the best hotels in Port Elizabeth, the friendly city …
Those who live in PE think it’s the best city in the country. Certainly it’s the most underrated. Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa, and is laid out in a way that you can reach everything within 15 minutes of the airport – not something you can attribute to Jo’burg.
Port Elizabeth regards itself as the end of the Garden Route, a city with warm temperatures all year round, beaches that give Durban and Cape Town’s beaches a serious run for their money, a host of historical attractions and walks, whale sightings during autumn, and access to wild game reserves within an hour of town. Continued
The latest Travel Trends for 2014 show South Africa and Cape Town are to be reckoned with, airports are becoming more liveable, mobile bookings are on the up, and travellers are demanding a more ‘local’ experience …
1 – Despite the recession, tourism continues to grow
2.5 billion internet users worldwide mean that countries like India and China have increased buying power, and are travelling more. Asia was 2013′s hot spot for travel, both incoming and domestic, and Southern Europe – Malta, Portugal, Croatia – expect a high tourist rate this year; higher than Northern Europe. Continued
A new market has recently opened in Umhlanga and being a market fundi, I organized to meet friends there on Sunday to see what it was all about.
Up.market in Umhlanga takes place every Sunday from 09h00 to 14h00 in the covered parking area of the Umhlanga Centre. Being under cover is ideal, shelter from the intense heat during the summer months (the thermometer peaked at 40˚ this Sunday so shade was a necessity) and of course, shelter should the heavens decide to open… Continued
Cape Town was recently listed one of 52 places the New York Times regards as THE places to visit in 2014. The loss of Mandela has placed South Africa in the hearts of many the world over.
Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014, the article says, is grappling with the challenge of transformation since Mandela’s first address as a free man 20 years ago.
2014 is the year the city’s creative class take on this challenge by celebrating design in all its forms over the year … Continued
I thought I knew my country until I decided to pack a month’s worth of clothes and shoes into a car and hit the road with my husband. What I experienced and saw made me realise that I had known so little about my own land and its people.
I loved South Africa before, but one month later I was more in awe of its colourful layers, its quiet spaces and its amazing people who live beyond the borders of our big cities… Continued
The African penguin: cute little guy with a funny gait, black feet; really graceful in the water; endangered and in rapid decline. All the more reason to see them, whilst we can.
Despite the peculiarity of penguins in Africa, they’ve actually been here longer than we have. Due mainly to the Benguela Current. Ten islands and two mainland sites in the Western Cape support the African penguin along the coastline. Whilst a further six islands in Algoa Bay support them in the Eastern Cape… Continued
Pretoria: more demure and Afrikaans than Jo’burg, but with a buzz of its own thanks to the energy of thousands of university students that give the city a certain charm, and the jacaranda trees (over 60 000 of them) that bloom during October and November turning the city into a mauve carpet (and gum your windscreen wipers for the season).
Pretoria is just up the road from Johannesburg (give it a few more years and the two will merge into something of a metropolis) and steeped in history. The site of Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration, the City of Pretoria functions as the country’s administrative capital, is home to the Union Buildings and is sometimes referred to as Tshwane, although a fiercely contested name change has yet to happen… Continued